With the celebration of Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, we enter into the great events of Holy Week. The Church, of course, recalls the historical events surrounding the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord this coming week but it is much more than a remembrance of things past. It is walking with the Lord in our individual lives, and entering into the Paschal Mystery on a much deeper level than just in our memories. When we were baptized, we were baptized into the death of Christ and rose with him to new life. In a very real way, our lives as Christians is a participation in the Paschal Mystery. The liturgies of Holy Week remind us of our dying and rising with Christ in our everyday lives. It makes us question things like: How do I deal with suffering in my life? How do I carry my cross? What do I do when I am abandoned or betrayed or denied? How do I face my impending death? Jesus Christ is our role model in how we are called to live our lives. We are called to be servants to others; to make a sacrificial gift of our lives; to commend our complete selves into the loving arms of our Father in heaven. Let us walk with Jesus on the road to Calvary and may we rise with him in glory when our days on this earth are ended. In a powerful way, how we experience Holy Week will give us the grace to live out the Paschal Mystery each day of the year! Make good use of the week ahead!
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